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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
Who can ever praise him enough?
and always do what is right.
come near and rescue me.
Let me rejoice in the joy of your people;
let me praise you with those who are your heritage.
We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly!
were not impressed by the Lord’s miraculous deeds.
They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them.
Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea.*
to defend the honor of his name
and to demonstrate his mighty power.
9 He commanded the Red Sea* to dry up.
He led Israel across the sea as if it were a desert.
and redeemed them from their foes.
not one of them survived.
Then they sang his praise.
They wouldn’t wait for his counsel!
testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland.
but he sent a plague along with it.
and envious of Aaron, the Lord’s holy priest.
it swallowed Dathan
and buried Abiram and the other rebels.
a flame consumed the wicked.
19 The people made a calf at Mount Sinai* ;
they bowed before an image made of gold.
for a statue of a grass-eating bull.
who had done such great things in Egypt—
such awesome deeds at the Red Sea.
But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people.
He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.
for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them.
and refused to obey the Lord.
that he would kill them in the wilderness,
27 that he would scatter their descendants* among the nations,
exiling them to distant lands.
they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead!
so a plague broke out among them.
and the plague was stopped.
ever since that time.
causing Moses serious trouble.
33 They made Moses angry,*
and he spoke foolishly.
as the Lord had commanded them.
and adopted their evil customs.
which led to their downfall.
and their daughters to the demons.
the blood of their sons and daughters.
By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan,
they polluted the land with murder.
and their love of idols was adultery in the Lord’s sight.
and he abhorred his own special possession.
and they were ruled by those who hated them.
and brought them under their cruel power.
but they chose to rebel against him,
and they were finally destroyed by their sin.
and listened to their cries.
and relented because of his unfailing love.
to treat them with kindness.
Gather us back from among the nations,
so we can thank your holy name
and rejoice and praise you.
who lives from everlasting to everlasting!
Let all the people say, “Amen!”
Praise the Lord!
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